Thanks to Dave for the report and pictures.
We had a good number in attendance on a wide variety of jobs. There was another Silver Fire and Drive course, hence two tours of the Workshop. We also had an afternoon meeting in the Mess Room with our Director Richard Drewitt.
We had a group busy on various jobs, making the most of the available dry weather.
Derek was cutting out and replacing more sections of rotten planking on the south side.
Also on the south side Cheryl continued with cleaning up the metal work
Meanwhile, on the north side, Nicky was busy removing old crusty paint from the step and surrounding area below the sole bar
. Hey what happened the the curls?
Later on, she painted the sole bar in Underframe Black
Effort on this vehicle was mainly concentrated at the Car Park end.
Ralph is busy attaching the wooden base sections to the top hat rail that had previously been welded in by Peter Fisher. Yes - This was all fitted the other day but only loose fitted. It had to come out for the welding. Once the undersides of the large ply board flooring have been coated in creosote, they will be screwed in place on the base sections.
John Squires is drilling the new and very heavy base plate in preparation to fitting the wooden base section for the corridor end chequer plate.
Steve in turn has already made the wooden base section and is now drilling the relevant holes.
John Osborn made the sections of the metal frame for the new single corner seat for the disabled area and finally cleaning them up with his angle grinder.
Earlier in the day, John Osborn had welded in a small section of metal top hat rail to provide support for the new length of shelving for the disabled area. In turn, this enabled Steve to fit the loose sections of interior panelling along this section of the coach.
Steve then proceeded to the adjacent doorway and he is seen here attaching the section that will hold the grill over the saloon entrance.
With sufficient capping strips now fitted on the Workshop side and undercoating completed, we can now return to painting and applying the first top coat. As such Bob Keyte is vacuuming off the dust from the roof and body side, prior to painting the gutter edge and top section in GWR Brown. He later proceeded to applying GWR Cream top coat to the internal sections of the windows.
I hope your wife doesn't read the blog Bob. This picture could be trouble!!!
John Squires also worked on producing some tiny tufnols from a cannibalised tufnol backplate, which is used for electrical insulation. One was required for the main lighting switch gear in one of the coaches.
A number of faults in the maroon rake had been listed when it was last in use, and Dennis Richards and John Hamer spent some time investigating and fixing them where possible.
With the massive top cross-member having arrived last week (see Blog for Thursday 31 May), we set to work on the two large and very heavy "A" frames of what will become our new bogie hoist.
Richard brushes off the light surface rust and flaking paint prior to painting on a coat of green anti-corrosive primer.
Ken worked on the wheels and successfully freed up all four.
Not many people know this,
but Grenville runs a boot blacking process as can be seen in the photo. In the past he has been known to use spray paint, and the results of this have shown up in the outlines of two feet on the Workshop floor!
There is always one!
Once again, one of our C&W volunteers could be seen elsewhere on the Railway, this time in the Model Railway coach in Winchcombe bay platform. As well as a keen member of C&W, Robin Moore is a very competent and skilled modeller, with much of the intricate detail on the tiny N Gauge railway being the result of all his hard work. When you see the tiny lamp posts on the platforms, for example, you can really admire his skill and patience. Well done Robin! If you have never visited the Model Railways, then you are missing a treat - they are very well worth seeing.